Saul struggles, more to come from Lukaku: How Chelsea’s new transfers have fared since joining


Chelsea had few incomings in the summer as Thomas Tuchel looked to perfect his Champions League winning side into one that could challenge for the Premier League title.

The Blues brought in three players and invested over £100million on the playing squad, including two permanent deals and one loan signing.

The club have gotten off to an ideal start in the league, currently sitting top with 16 points from a possible 21. Their only dropped points this season have come to Manchester City and a hard-fought 1-1 draw with Liverpool, where a sending off meant the Blues had to battle to earn the point. takes a look at how these new signings have fit into the team so far and how they can help Chelsea aim for the title.

Romelu Lukaku

It was a return written in the stars for Romelu Lukaku and Chelsea this summer. In the search for a goalscorer, Thomas Tuchel brought back Belgian striker Lukaku to Stamford Bridge for £97.5million.

The 28-year-old had previously spent three-years with the Blues before moving to Everton and becoming one of the most clinical strikers in the world. His return was an emotional one for him, but what felt like the right fit for the manager.

In his six starts so far, there have been good signs with three goals scored, but there is still a feeling that there is more to come from him as he adapts to a new team and vice versa.

The Belgium all-time leading goalscorer struggled to find his way into the game against Manchester City, where Tuchel tried to make the most of him and Timo Werner on the counter-attack but failed to do so.

If Chelsea are going to challenge for the title, they will need to get the best out of Lukaku not just in front of goal, but during the build-up too.


On transfer deadline day, there was a late arrival to Stamford Bridge in the shape of Saul on loan from Atletico Madrid. The midfielder had garnered a lot of praise in La Liga, attracting the attention of Barcelona on a few occasions.

With a loan fee of just over £4million, it seemed as though Chelsea had got an absolute bargain for a player who could easily play in the first-team as much as he could be a rotation option.

Whilst he could still blossom with the Blues, his life in London has gotten off to a rocky start. His first Premier League start against Aston Villa saw him struggle to retain possession and put in unnecessary challenges. He was subbed off at half-time and hasn’t made an appearance in the league since.

The transition into English football isn’t easy for everyone, but when the fixtures start piling up, Tuchel will be hoping that Saul is up to speed and ready to be called upon.

Marcus Bettinelli

At the bottom of the list is 29-year-old Marcus Bettinelli, who joined Chelsea on a free transfer from Fulham in the summer as goalkeeping cover.

With Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga as the two shot-stoppers likely to stake a claim to the No.1 shirt, Bettinelli is likely to get little action at Stamford Bridge.

Source by Football London

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